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Duration: 59 minutes

Dr Yan sets primary-aged children a series of challenges that explore the science behind the exciting Bloodhound project to build the fastest car in the world. What makes it move? What will it be like to drive? How does it slow down?

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Thu 26 Jun 2014 05:00 BBC Two

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  • Photo: Dr Yan Wong introduces Bloodhound SSC

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  • Photo: Dr Yan Wong explains the engineering behind Bloodhound SSC

    Photo: Dr Yan Wong explains the engineering behind Bloodhound SSC

  • Photo: Bloodhound SSC

    Photo: Bloodhound SSC

    Bloodhound SSC will be powered by a prototype Eurojet EJ200 jet engine developed for the Eurofighter. This will take the car to 300 mph (480 km/h), after which a bespoke hybrid rocket designed by Daniel Jubb, 26, from Manchester, who built his first rocket at the age of 5, will boost the car up to 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h). A third engine, an 800 hp (600 kW) 2.4 Litre Cosworth CA2010 F1 V8 petrol engine, is used as an auxiliary power unit and to drive the oxidiser pump for the rocket. The jet engine will provide nine tonnes of thrust and the rocket will add another 12. The Super Sonic Car will have roughly the same power as 180 F1 cars.

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    The task of driving the vehicle will fall to the current land speed record holder Wing Commander Andy Green. As the car accelerates from 0-1,000 mph (1,600 km/h) in 42 seconds, he will experience a force of approximately 2.5g (two and a half times his bodyweight) and the blood will rush to his head.

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